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Tuberkulose in Moldau / Tuberculosis in Moldova
Moldova, Republic / Republik Moldau
14 Jan 2014
Florian Bachmeier, n-ost
There was a steady rise in TB rates in the country until the past
few years when, thanks to a concerted effort by the government
and development organizations, there has been a slight decline.
But the decade of neglect took its toll and, at 44 percent, the
country currently has one of the highest rates of MDR-TB in the
world. Moreover, while total TB cases have decreased over the
past few years, TB mortality has remained constant, meaning that
a higher percentage of TB patients are dying. This is a direct result
of the higher percentage of MDR-TB, which is more deadly and
difficult to treat than traditional TB. // Moldova is still the poorest country of Europe. Hopes to join the European Union are high. After progress in the past years tuberculosis is on the rise again. The number of new patients raise since 2010 and is on a level that has not been reached since the late 90s.
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